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Have you ever heard the ole adage: “Knowledge is power” or about “The keys of knowledge” or “Knowledge is freedom and ignorance is slavery” *Scroll on*
Have you been raised throughout your childhood to Pursue knowledge at all cost because it is so valuable?
I have been reflecting on knowledge recently, and began to wonder where did this hunger to know more really come from and is it always a good idea?
How you ever thought about Knowledge possibly being a bad thing? By bad, I do not mean indefinitely bad, but bad in a sense.
Let me explain by sharing three ways that receiving too much knowledge, could be actually be bad thing.
Bad thing #1 Knowledge of too many different things that holds no purpose.
Excerpt taken from The Book of Genesis Chapter 2:4 – 3:24
Take a brief look at the Tree of the Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil above. Adam and Eve were allowed to eat from any tree in the Garden of Eden except the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. As a child, I often wondered why that was, and many wild conclusions ran through my imagination.
It was not until the serpent promoted his ideas too Eve, and after reading the consequences it brought; that I began to understand the enslavement that knowledge could bring.
Adam and Eve did not worry about the forbidden tree at first because they were busy enjoying everything else they had access too in the Garden. When the serpent began to tempt Eve with fruit from the forbidden tree; she told him God said not to touch or eat it, or they would die. The serpent counteracted her statement by saying they would not die, but will be like God knowing the difference between good and evil.
The bad thing about knowledge in this case was that after disobeying God, and deciding to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil; a judgement was pronounced on Adam and Eve. Although they gained more knowledge, they could no longer partake of the Tree of Life; which allowed them to live forever, but had to leave the Garden of Eden. The story was not all bad because they were later redeemed and reconciled to God. I want to focus on the enslavement that too much knowledge could bring.
How does this relate to me? Ever heard the saying “Ignorance is Bliss”? It really can be, and I bet you can think of a time, or two when you would have been better off had you left well enough alone and stayed ignorant.
Ignorance is also bliss until you start googling people you don’t know, medical conditions you are experiencing, or other random facts.
There was a time, and it may still exist in some circles; when you met someone new, and took the time to get to know them in stages. This went for friendships and/or relationships. Now, as soon as you have a piece of a name, you are on Google looking for information-knowledge in order to make a snap judgement about the person. This may be helpful at times, but in most cases will be harmful unless the information is proven to be a factual.
I cannot tell you the disaster of googling medical conditions because many conditions share the same symptoms, so be careful with this type of knowledge. It has been the root cause of depression and anxiety. This seems like a good time to quote Todd Galberth who said, “Anxiety is a down payment on something that may never happen.” Try not to be anxious over something that may not be the case. Incorrect Knowledge could do harm to us physically and mentally.
Bad Thing #2 Technology has provided too much harmful Knowledge.
It does have some positive points, but for the sake of my topic; I will focus on its negative attributes. I was reading an article not too long ago on how FB has ruined a lot of adult relationships and marriages.
This stood out to me because I remember living in an era when you could think about a high school crush and wonder how they were doing, but never know the answer unless you have a common acquaintance.
Guess what? That was all you could do. Now, through technology, a person cannot only just wonder about their old crush, they can also click a few buttons, and search for them online. Please do not get me started on the amount of online dating websites, and apps that are available today that provide distraction.
I digress. In this day and age, when we can seek knowledge more readily, and make those thoughts turn into a reality; we really need to practice self-control and be mindful not to allow this knowledge to entangle us in its web. (It is not called the World Wide WEB without reason.)
Although technology has had a negative impact on adults, and their relationships; it has been more so detrimental to children, since they are in the early stages of their development. I will not beat the dead horse, but will simply say that lack of supervision has been one of the main causes of children being pre-exposed to dangers and inappropriate images on the internet. Many of these dangers start online and end up in person, having a lasting effect on the children involved.
Children may now appear more knowledgeable, but keep in mind it is not just about good things, it is also about evil things.
For example, it is a sad time when children can devise a plan to stab one of their friends because they got their idea from an “Internet Character.” We have been offering so much information-knowledge online, that it has caused our children’s minds to become corrupt. To learn more about this story read here.
I know our eyes have been open to the knowledge of good and evil, but there are ways adults can help keep children safe . For safety tips read here.
Bad thing #3 Confusion! The third bad thing about too much knowledge has been confusion.
Choices are a good thing, but when given too many of them it can become confusing for some people, and prolong confusion can turn into mental torture.
In conclusion, I think it is very interesting how similar things are now to when Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden. It is extraordinary how gaining knowledge or riches in some cases can make you unhappy, or change the course of your life.
My recommendation is to not be so quick to listen to everything you hear on the World Wide Web (Internet), Radio, News, YouTube, Blogs, Newspapers, in Books or from People. When you hear information, ask yourself, “Do I really need to know this information? Is it important? Does it add to or take away value from me? Can I use it for good? Is it true? Will it effect my eternity?” If the answer is no to any of these questions, do not continue on that particular quest for knowledge, do not accept the fruit.
While I am proponent of learning, I believe it would be wiser going forward, to be more Mindful instead of Mind Full.
Knowledge is power, but too much of the wrong Knowledge has the power to take you captive.
There is a way Back to the Tree of Life.
The school bell has rung, class dismissed!